Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore Auditorium on 1969-11-08
This show has been commercially released as "Dick's Picks, Vol. 16"
Good Morning Little School Girl, Casey Jones, Dire Wolf, Easy Wind, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> High Time, Mama Tried, Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin', Cumberland Blues Dark Star-> The Other One-> Dark Star-> Uncle John's Band Jam-> Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> The Eleven-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)-> The Main Ten-> Caution (Do Not Stop On The Tracks-> Feedback-> We Bid You Good Night
Collection GratefulDeadBand/Artist Grateful DeadVenue Fillmore AuditoriumLocation San Francisco, CASource SoundboardLineage MR (Dick Latvala) > DAT > SoundForge (Jim Wise) > CDTransferred by Jim Wise
MR (Dick Latvala) > DAT > SoundForge (Jim Wise) > CD; extensively cleaned
up (see info file); via Primal Dead Latvala Tribute Tree (more
info); d2t8 apparently bonus track of tuning (with slide whistle) from
11/7/69 (thanks to Barry Lasky for clue); note not the entire show, just
the "Picks"; flaws not on master, first copy (a): d1t04ÃÂ Dropout @
11:01; d1t06ÃÂ Dropout @ 00:27; d1t07ÃÂ Dropout @ 00:09, another
bump 1:37; d2t02ÃÂ Dropout/Slight Hesitation @ 05:34 (sounds similar
to a track ID error); flawed source went to abgd as well as etree; flawless
source (b) obtained by M. Parrillo, up by 11/30 though not at all sites; caution- new version had some track name/ordering mixups- see guide; note a third source (c) may be up too, no dropouts; covers;
note this show is now released as Dick's Picks 16- go buy it!
September 18, 2015
Was used for DP16
Not the most standout show for '69 except for a long second set jam (though, like the night before, there may have been no set break). It's one of those shows where if you like the era you'll be more fascinated. I like '69 now and then but the shows are more interchangeable and didn't vary as much as just a couple years later and though perhaps more consistent, there aren't many that really standout like, say 2/72/69 (or 3/2/69).
First Set. Average '69 fare. Although this was the 15th Dire Wolf it's tentative and still not fully formed. Part of it is repeated and then Jer grabs it 5:45 in, ready to lay some phrasing down. There's a cool part a minute later where the boys recognize he was going to add something. (This is an example of what Bobby kept missing with Trey during GD50-Fare Thee Well). The middle of the set is above average with a swanky Easy Wind that takes a bit to gather steam. This is the seventh China>Rider pairing and they were starting to nail it. Both still have their '68 arrangements, just stuck together. High Time drops in clean. They performed this continually, beginning in summer '69, for about a year, then dropped it. This was in the middle of its run when they were working out harmonies and practicing the new material. By this month they have the harmonies pretty well covered but it's kind of a sparse, puzzled-sounding version. Merle Haggard's single of Mama Tried had been out less than a year when Bobby brought it in to the band. Here Jer has the arrangement but hasn't fully fleshed it. The tight Good Lovin' is dance-band dead with a drum solo. This is the very first Cumberland and it's rough, like most early, not-road-tested Dead material. The playing is good, if tentative, but the vox aren't worked out yet. They don't really trainwreck-it (maybe because they're excited to bring out something new that they knew was good).
Second Set. It's cool there was a time when Dark Star was a set-opener. Above-average sandwich but not that unique for '69. A bit of Uncle John's Band emerges here (tested for the third time). The section from William Tell through The Eleven is some of the tightest jamming of late '69. DP16 breaks the tranny into Caution but it mostly rote repetition. There's a rare Main Ten in Caution - the third one (they were far apart). The rest is average '69.
1st Set: C
2nd Set: B
Overall = 3 Stars
China Cat>Rider - Plays like a hot Rider was tacked onto an old school China Cat
St. Stephen-cannon>The Eleven - jam gets better as it goes
Made complete on Dick's 16 from what used to circulate and I would assume that was the main reason for that release. This soundboard has the main jams but you need the Rider, so...
November 8, 2012
Dick's Picks 16
A worthy purchase, if you're interested in supporting the band. The Lovelight on DP16 is from 11/7, which you can still stream here on the archive.
Set 1 - You might want to skip the 9:00 Dire Wolf, as the entire thing is played twice in the same song for some reason - there are plenty of great '70 versions that don't feel like the band is rehearsing in front of a live audience. The first Cumberland, unfortunately, suffers as well. But the rest of the set is very fine, very Pig-laden: his schoolgirl is now......er......13! (Ron, you baaaad) Good Lovin' has that oh-so-light jazzy touch to the jam, and Easy Wind is sooooooo slooooooow and stony - THIS is them tapping right into that psychedelic rhythm, and when Pig busts out the harp, well now - everything just seems just right.
Set 2 is rather beyond words - it's every bit as good as it appears to be; one long suite with that Dark Star "envelope" crossing over at various times, some new instrumentals tried out that later would develop into familiar tunes, and a really hot Caution meltdown - Dick was right on the money with this selection.
April 23, 2006
One of My favorite shows
Love the UJB and Main Ten
July 26, 2005